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Romans 3:22, "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference."
Our good works cannot justify us before God. We need the righteousness of Jesus Christ that comes by total 100 percent faith in Him. To totally trust Jesus means to totally un-trust anything else. Then we can sing, "To God be the Glory, great things HE hath done."
Jesus Christ is not to be added to a list of things like a combination lock: one to Jesus, back to self, and forward to church membership. No, Jesus is the way to the Father in Heaven. Yes, the old hymn "Jesus Saves" is still true today. When I placed my faith in Jesus, I also knew others needed Him too. For God so loved the world, not just Earl.
~ Pastor Earl R. Beal, Joy Baptist Church, Ft. Madison, IA - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Leviticus 17:14
Read: Psalm 51:10, 13
2. The blood of the substitute sacrifice symbolized the blood of Christ that was shed upon the cross. The atoning blood of Christ reconciles us to God, making us acceptable to God (Matthew 26:28, Acts 20:28, Romans 5:9-10, Hebrews 9:14; 9:22).
The result is this, "Do not take your salvation so lightly, for the cost of it was paid for by the Son of God." (I John 1:7, Revelation 1:5)
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (I Peter 1:18-19). Remember, it is all about "Christ".
~ Dr. David N. Smeltz, Missionary Evangelist to Eastern Europe and Asia - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Salvation should not be taken lightly. Those who pray for the gift of Heaven need to understand salvation is in Christ. He is the only One who can save us and He was the blood sacrifice required by God to cleanse us from our sins. The blood is sacred to God. It is the most highly valued substance in the entire universe to God, counted ever so precious. There are two reasons why God values the blood so highly:
1. The blood is the substance of life, the very source of life that God gave to man. Blood stands for the life of man. And remember: God loves man. He created man to shower the riches of His grace and the fullness of life upon man. Therefore, God values the very substance (blood) that gives man his life (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11, Deuteronomy 12:23).
Before David was going to be able to witness and give testimony about his great God, he saw the need to be cleansed. He is having a personal revival - then he is able to teach transgressors the ways of the Lord. Before we will see people saved and the baptismal waters flowing in a believer's baptismal, we must see personal revival. We all have loved ones and co-workers or classmates that need the Lord. Before we can effectively share the gospel, we need to be revived ourselves!
Fall in love with Jesus all over again. Give up any sin, or uncleanness that is in your life. Be like David and search your heart. David had revival in his heart. The heart is the place where revival begins!
"Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me...then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."
~ Dr. Steven Harness, Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, NY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
I like the following quote concerning revival: "Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again." What a fantastic definition! David had just sinned, committing adultery with one of his soldier's wife, attempted to cover it up, and then set up Uriah to be killed in battle. He recognizes the need for the sin in his life to be confessed. He also sees the importance of experiencing cleansing from his sin. David confesses his sin, then asks the Lord to clean up his life. Thank the Lord that we can be forgiven our sin because of Jesus Christ! David desired to have a clean, right heart, as he lived before the Lord. We have the same need in our life!
"I have my faith and you have yours." It's almost as if any old faith is okay, whether it gets them to Heaven or not. Sorry, you can call me picky or whatever, but I have no desire to just be religious with no concern to the final destination. It makes no sense to me to be the most religious man in hell. I guess you might compare it to the person who just wants a car. I want one that runs! Excuse me if I'm too serious, but eternity is a long time to live out a mistake. Just any faith, or a faith in faith, is very dangerous.
See, faith is no stronger than the object it's placed in. If my faith is in myself, my church membership, my baptism, etc., then I'm in trouble.
Binghamtown Baptist Church